by Michael Aisner, Race Director, Red Zinger/Coors Classic
The monument “Momentum” by sculptor Kimmerjae Johnson will be a celebration of the Red Zinger / Coors Classic series, and specifically the famed final stage of the race for a decade in North Boulder Park. This normally quiet residential park, a place of activity, play areas and picnics was dramatically morphed every year into a “stadium” and Expo, hosting 50,000 plus people to watch the conclusion of a major international pro/am bike race. It is indeed the petri dish where American bike racing germinated, where Davis Phinney watched his first race at 15 and then won it 7 years later, live on CBS Sports. It is where a screenwriter first raced and was inspired to write “Breaking Away” and then “American Flyers,” which was shot with Kevin Costner at the race. It Is where three-time Tour winner Greg LeMond emerged as a world-class talent, racing his first senior stage race & almost winning it at 17! It is where the “evil” Soviets broke into smiles for the first time after their team won the Coors in their historic first visit to US soil.
It is where two Euro reporters watched a new style of race promotion. They later respectively became the Directors of the Tours of France and Italy.
It is where Connie Carpenter and other women raced the biggest women’s race in the world. It is the very place where five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault finished the last stage race of his illustrious career.
It symbolizes the event that drew to Boulder countless world-class runners,racers & triathletes who now live here. making Boulder one of the largest single populations of elite Olympic and world-class athletes & noted event champions in the world. And now North Boulder Park is the place where even the offspring of its great champions find their legs — a 17 year-old raced there before becoming the 2007 World Time-Trial Champion-- and he, Taylor Phinney is the son of NBP champs Connie and Davis.
And importantly it is where 50,000 people, famous actors, astronauts, Olympic gold medalists, recording artists, athletes and politicians went every year to watch the Classic, see a great Expo, create dreams, bond with family & take in an extraordinary international sporting event.
Momentum will honor the greats, and all those who rode and staffed and officiated and volunteered. One plaque, an honor-roll of the winners of the women’s & men’s NBP stage, and another the winner’s of the overall Classic. There will be a plaque about Davis, who became the winningest racer in US cycling & how his dream started there. and a general information plaque with the story of NBP & its importance. We are reviewing adding a short video where people can see and hear the race as it happened. Then there will be an area for the names of the staff who made this happen every year, a permanent place for their name ad this event that meant so much to them. And then an area for all of the others around the world that want to support this historic monument.